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putting winter away

sweater bag jeweled sweater sequin sweaterIt’s been a bit of a manic week here. Last week was bridal market in New York, and I covered a lot of the shows backstage. Lots and lots of hoofing it around the city, but I didn’t mind because it was beautiful out. (It didn’t hurt either that I got to sit front row at Jenny Packham and interview Monique Lhuillier!)

On Saturday the high was 70, and due in part to the blisters on my feet from the previous day’s show-hopping, I wore sandals to all my backstage interviews. The day started off pretty chilly, and I got some looks, but oh man, did it feel good to have my tootsies out.

But what really spurred me to pack up my sweaters is the utter disaster area that is our bedroom right now. My bulky sweaters take up two full drawers in my dresser–much-needed storage space now that I can start wearing lighter clothes again, clothes that are currently sitting out on any available surface.

I ordered cotton and PEVA storage bags–cotton so they can breathe–along with wool shampoo and spray. I washed some of the sweaters in a mesh bag on the delicate cycle with the shampoo, others I was less optimistic about and hand-washed. Once dry, I folded up all of the sweaters and spritzed them with the spray, which is supposed to be both a moth repellant and freshener.

I feel so damn organized.

6 cottage entry essentials

cottage console

Original image by Paul Whicheloe

I’ve been looking for entry inspiration, especially anything with storage that doesn’t amount to pre-school cubbies. So when I found Janet Gregg’s home in Cottage Living, I took note of this vignette. Lots of clever containers with laid-back style.

Jaeva Table Lamp – Lulu & Georgia / Atlantis Clam Shell – Z Gallerie / Mandarin Altar Table – Home Decorators / Elephant Hamper – Home Decorators / Java Tribal Ikat Pillow – Society Social / Tortoise Bamboo Chair – Maison Midi

affordable square side tables

affordable side tablesSide tables are pretty darn indispensable in a living room and yet, here I am, living without one. When we make the switch from coffee tables to a big ottoman, though, we will be in dire need!

{Under $120: Tray Top Table – Target / Zemi Stool – CB2 / Hemnes Side Table – Ikea / Ditto Saddle Cube – Crate and Barrel / Under $500: Blake Raffia Side Table – Serena and Lily / Draper End Table – Society Social / Happy Chic Crescent Heights Side Table – JCPenney (watch this one: it goes on sale frequently!) / Steven Alan Papier Mache Side Table – West Elm}

november beauty

november beautyOh November. It’s day one here and already completely gloomy. So what about some pretty things that aren’t too expensive? Yes I like that idea.

I went as Blair Waldorf for Halloween, and I thus needed to get a neutral shadow palette. Blair’s make-up is usually matte and flawless, but since it was for a party and I would probably never touch plain brown eye shadow after this, I got a fun palette: Sonia Kashuk Textured Taupe. There is a matte shade, but the other colors get progressively more shimmery and then there’s straight-up glitter. It’s lovely. The top two colors are day-wearable, so it’s something to throw in the purse for date night after work!

Stila Convertible Color in Lillium. This is not a color I’d ever go for –it’s a little too plain in the pan– but it was part of a kit, and so I tried it out. Lordy. It is the perfect flush of peach. Great with dark dramatic eyes, but also quite nice as a daily color.

Finally, Just Bitten. Another Blair purchase. She wears a barely-there pink lip, so I knew I wanted a stain. The color is Passion and it’s a convincing dupe for Nars Schiap. One layer of it is subtle pink, multiple and you have a bright pink stain. And if you want the color to be really intense, add clear gloss.